Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
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Status of government business

Tory MP Goguen moves motion to end committee hearings on omnibus crime bill

'This puts the mock in democracy,' says NDP MP Jack Harris about the Conservation manoeuvre

Tories to push new seats bill, Wheat Board bill, budget bill through House in five weeks

House Leader Peter Van Loan says he doesn’t expect omnibus crime bill, long-gun registry, and copyright bills to pass before Christmas break.

Feds bring in political loans limits, opposition parties want PM to disclose leadership contributors

PM Stephen Harper and other Tory leadership candidates should say who funded their campaigns before the rules were changed, say opposition MPs.

The Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of government business

Opposition parties expect majority governing Tories to close off debate on House seats bill

What’s the hurry? Opposition parties want to know why the feds are in such a rush to move bills and cut off debate with majority.

Feds poised to bring in new ridings bill, Franks gives thumbs up to boosting Quebec seats

But expert Ned Franks also says the feds should bring the bill in sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the Tories will be accused of gerrymandering seats.

House ready to deal with controversial Copyright Bill

The last time the Copyright Act underwent significant amendments was in 1997.

House seats bill will be introduced, passed before Christmas, say Tories

The legislation will add an expected 30 seats to the current 308 in the House.

Tories use closure to push sweeping budget, omnibus bills through House

NDP and Grits call feds’ use of closure twice in less than two weeks an ‘abuse of Parliamentary process.’

Critics continue to slam feds’ omnibus crime bill

NDP says governing Conservatives playing to their base support on criminal justice reforms.

Tories focus on economy, opposition parties want action

Meanwhile, the NDP say Tories are trying to reverse 40 years of criminal justice system with omnibus crime bill.

Van Loan: economy must be ‘top priority for everyone’ in fall session

New Dems, Libs plan to challenge feds on job creation, crime bill while jockeying to expand political support.

New ridings likely to benefit Conservatives in 2015

Libs, NDP agree more seats are needed for Ontario, Alberta, and B.C., but urge government to respect Quebec’s distinct status within the House.

MPs note 'calm' atmosphere in Tory-majority House, NDP excited by powerful new status, Bloc not missed on committees

NDP says Tory MPs 'came on really strong to establish their primacy,' in the beginning but have since calmed down.

Quebec's claim to 25% of House of Commons seats should be recognized, say experts

The government has to get the new seats law passed by Oct. 19, 2014 in order to be in place for election in Oct. 19, 2015. It's going to be tight.

Feds' Senate reforms could reignite constitutional fights

Opposition members say reform efforts are destined for the Supreme Court, while former Mulroney adviser doubts there will be an elected Senate for generations.

If PM Harper's serious about reforms, abolish Senate, says NDP

Conservatives poised to reform Senate, but NDP says it's not capable of being reformed, it has to go.

House returns for short, substantive few weeks

Majority governing Conservatives to pass budget, omnibus crime bill and to scrap long-gun registry, per-vote political subsidies.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, September 1, 2014
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.